Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Post: The Next Idea by May Williams

Raising Her Hopes Blog Tour

Where and how do you get ideas for your next book? May Williams, author of Raising Her Hopes, is here today to talk about getting that 'next idea'. Check it out! Also, don't forget to enter the nice giveaway below! :) 


Writers are always looking for the next idea or trying to refine the ones circulating in their heads in order to get a book from the brain to the page. To help me along, I like to talk to new people and ask lots of questions. When I’m experiencing something new, I’m always thinking about using it in a book. So I ask even more questions. 

Recently, on a family vacation, the kids talked me into zip-lining. It wasn’t a simple one zip and we’re done sort of thing. It was a full-on-get-geared-up (helmet, gloves, the works) and spend hours in the trees zipping about. I smiled through the process of getting ready and the ride to the top of the mountain in a super-modified, super-sized van and wondered what I’d gotten myself into.

Like good parents, my husband and I made the children go first. But then it was my turn, the guide hooked me to the line and released a lever, sending me on a journey over a valley in the North Carolina wilderness for over half a mile. My immediate response (after I stopped screaming) was sheer amazement. Not only was it fun, it was beautiful and I was hooked. I loved the experience and the location so I started asking questions. 

The guide, who had been with the company since it started five years ago, was super-knowledgeable about the construction of the course, the native plants, and, of course, zipping. I tried to make my questions sound like curiosity and not pumping for information, but I still learned plenty. Someday, a zip-lining company is going to end up in one of my books and all because my kids wanted to zip. 

Check out the author's book: 

Raising Her Hopes by May Williams
Raising Her Hopes by May Williams
Historical Victorian Romance
Turquoise Morning Press Vintage
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When Sidney White arrives in England, he seems like the perfect man for Belinda Ferguson.  

She wants to love him, but first she must overcome her past before she is free to raise her hopes.

Sidney Ferguson has one objective when he arrives in Bath, England. He plans to leave his daughter with relatives before returning to the United States to embark on a dangerous mission for the Union Army. 

An encounter with the beautiful Belinda Ferguson strikes like lightning at his heart, but she doesn’t give her love or attention freely. Belinda’s past makes her cautious about placing her trust, especially in a man who must leave her to complete his task.

Despite the separation his work requires, Sidney convinces her to risk loving him and she dares to raise her hopes.
About the Author: 

May Williams, author of Raising Her Hopes
May loves romance. Big pink roses, chocolate hearts, sunset walks, but, most of all, she loves romance novels. She’s been reading romances since she first discovered the public library where the librarians didn't notice or didn't care what she was checking out even though she hadn't hit puberty yet. 

Since then, May has continued to read every genre of romance, but she writes mostly historical. Places and time periods have stories to tell. And she likes to listen. Her most recent novels are Victorian era pieces where she can imagine beautiful gowns and elegant teas.

When May’s not writing, she manages a houseful of children, pets, and flowers grown in her garden.
Connect with May: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

WW Giveaway: Manroot by Anne Steinberg

Today's giveaway features the fantasy, romance novel of Anne Steinberg, Manroot. Take a look and please enter the giveaway below. :) 

WW Giveaway: Manroot by Anne Steinberg
Manroot by Anne Steinberg
Fantasy, Romance

Book Description: 

In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as a maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Frieda Broom, the hotel Manager, takes Katherine under her wing, and teaches her about ginseng, the manroot, and other secrets of the foothills. Katherine discovers that she is a natural healer and has the ability to communicate with spirits, a gift she inherited from her Navajo Indian mother.

Among the hotels regular clientele is Judge William Reardon. Escaping his sterile marriage, he becomes captivated by Katherine. As the pair bond over astrology and gardening, Katherine becomes convinced they belong together, despite him being much older than her and married. As they begin to fall in love, the violence of dark magic threatens to annihilate all Katherine knows and holds dear. Can their love survive?

Manroot is a potent tale of destiny, spiritualism and love, written in Anne Steinberg’s signature compelling style.
About the Author:

Anne Steinberg - author of Manroot
While living in England, Anne Steinberg’s first novel, Manroot was published by Headline Review in London. Manroot was heralded as an important first novel in 1994 and included in the Headline Review’s prestigious “Fiction without Frontiers,” a new wave of contemporary fiction that knows no limits. Eight modern storytellers were featured: Anne Steinberg, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, William Gibson, Peter Hoeg, Roddy Doyle, and E. Annie Proulx. It was an auspicious beginning to a long and varied career for Anne Steinberg, who went on to write several acclaimed novels, Every Town Needs A Russian Tea Room, the story of a wealthy socialite who falls in love with a penniless young Russian immigrant who is haunted by a bizarre shameful secret, The Cuckoos Gift, First Hands, and An Eye For An Ear. She is also coauthor of The Fence, written with her grandson Nicholas Reuel Tolkien, the great grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. Nicholas is a filmmaker, director, and published poet. The Fence is a chilling story of a magnificent Gothic fence forged by a despicable blacksmith and infused with evil.

Anne was a partner in the world famous vintage clothing store, Steinberg & Tolkien, on Kings Road in Chelsea. After a successful run for over 20 years, the shop closed, and she returned to the US. Approaching her eighty-second birthday, she now writes, reads, and studies antiques, American Indian history, animal welfare, mythology, and folklore legends. 
Connect with Anne: Twitter | Goodreads

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Guest Post: My Love Affair with Florida by Amie Denman

Hello lovelies! Amie Denman, author of The Gull Motel, is here today to share a guest post about her 'love affair' with Florida. I haven't been to Florida... yet, and it would be great to have her book on my ever-growing TBR so at least I have an idea. Plus, this sounds like a wonderful story. Check. Added. :) 

Amie is on currently on blog tour to support her newly released novel, The Gull Motel, a sweet contemporary romance. Let's read and share this guest post ... and, oh, don't forget to enter the giveaway after reading! :)

Guest Post @ My Book and My Coffee - The Gull Motel Tour

When Savvy Thorpe rolls into The Gull Motel on the Gulf Coast of Florida, she expects to stay a few weeks. Sure she loves her aunt and uncle’s aging 1950s beach motel, but she has no idea she’s in for much more than a beach vacation.

I totally wish this would happen to me. 

However, I live in Ohio. Ohio, for Pete’s sake. For years, I’ve been tempted to make Florida my permanent home. What am I waiting for? I’m usually terrible at resisting temptation. I’ve told myself all the usual lies people in the North tell. I just love the change of seasons. I’d miss cool autumn days. Pumpkins. Frost. Snow. Shoveling snow. Falling on my ass in the iced-over mall parking lot. Scraping ice off my windshield. Breaking the key off in the door lock because it is That. Damn. Cold.

Who am I kidding? I should end my long-distance love affair with Florida and move a thousand miles south. I could shack up with Florida without even blushing. 

I know where this all started. I grew up in a small Ohio town filled with old people. You know where they went in the winter. The old man next door gave sage advice about travelling: take half the clothes and twice the money. His wife always brought the same sensuous gift to me and my sisters. Orange perfume in a little container shaped like an orange. It was wonderful. I’d hide it and hoard it in my room. I’d open it carefully and smell it. A guilty pleasure for a 7-year-old.

When I wrote The Gull Motel and Savvy’s marketing ideas about a return to “Old Florida” with roadside stands, polka-dot bikinis, Alligator kitsch, and orange blossom perfume, I was thinking about the yearly gift from the elderly couple next door. I wonder if I could find an old souvenir stand somewhere in The Sunshine State that still sells it.


Thanks for sharing the post, Amie! Again, this sounds like a wonderful story.... My love for contemporary romance. :)

More about the book:

The Gull Motel by Amie Denman - Guest post @ My Book and My Coffee
The Gull Motel by Amie Denman
Sweet Contemporary Romance

Savvy Thorpe needs a vacation. Finally finished with college, she heads to her favorite shabby motel on Florida’s Gulf Coast where her aunt and uncle always save her room twenty-four. She quickly finds out, though, that The Gull Motel is not just her home away from home. It’s hers to manage while her aunt and uncle take an extended trip. 

Skip McComber, The Gull’s former maintenance man, has been working on Savvy’s nuts and bolts for years. Now the new owner of the bar next door, his mission is to renovate a pirate bar while being a walking temptation for the girl he can’t get off his mind. 

For Savvy, keeping her cool running a motel in Florida heat is one thing, but navigating the steamy waters of a former fling takes a whole other kind of savvy. In addition to the motel and the man next door, Savvy stumbles on a plot to swindle land from the residents of Barefoot Key. Devalued properties tumble like dominoes until Savvy musters her colorful crew from The Gull Motel to make the pillagers walk the plank. 
About the Author: 

Guest Post of Amie Denman @ My Book and My Coffee

Amie Denman lives in a small town in her native Ohio with her husband and sons. Her two cats and large yellow labrador are kind enough to share a sunny office where she lets her imagination run wild. Reading books was her favorite escape as a child, and growing up four houses away from the community library encouraged her addiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and running outside. The helpless victim of a lifetime of curiosity, she's been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what's going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love. 
Connect with Amie: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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